I know many people are unfamiliar with the concept of Therapeutic Lying. Some people have never even heart of it, and are totally clueless as to what it’s really all about. Well, it’s basically when your family and friends lie to you about certain traumatizing facts and circumstances about your life, that you repeatedly forget. They basically help you live a lie. For example, they’ll tell you your sister’s at the mall, when she was really killed in a car accident. It’s especially prevalent with people who are suffering from severe mental disorders like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It’s not a new practice by any means, it’s been around for a really long time. But, it’s always been a controversial subject. I doubt that’s going to be changing anytime soon. But, is Therapeutic Lying necessarily wrong? I’ve been wondering about that a lot lately.
A Perfect Example of Therapeutic Lying
I’ve been thinking about Therapeutic Lying on and off since I saw a video of it. It really revolved around this young man that was pretending to be this elderly woman’s son. She suffered from a severe case of Alzheimer’s, and lived in a nursing home. Almost everything she thought was true, was actually a lie. For one, she thought it was still 1944. Then, there was the fact that her real son had died in Vietnam years earlier, and she had essentially given this man, that worked at the nursing home, her son’s identity. They became really close, and he would dutifully visit her every day. Just like any good son would.
I think this was definitely a perfect example of a case were Therapeutic Lying was needed. Normally, I hate lying. But, in this instance, I think it was the right thing to do. Why should she have to relive her son dying over and over again? I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy.
Pros and Cons of Therapeutic Lying
Therapeutic Lying is controversial for a reason. But, just because something is controversial doesn’t mean it’s bad. Now, don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe lying is wrong. But, sometimes I think, in certain specific situations, it can be for the best. Why should people with severe memory loss, like in the example I wrote about, have to relive these traumatic experiences over and over again. That’s beyond cruel to put people through that kind of pain. Well, that’s the conclusion that I’ve come to anyway. But, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. How do you feel about Therapeutic Lying? Do you think it’s wrong?